Program 9 – Lazy Eye
USA / 2016 / 88 min. | Directed by: Tim Kirkman
Dean is staring down mid-life through the lenses of his new trifocals. By every measure he lives a fortunate, even enviable life. He’s a successful graphic designer with a house in the trendy Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles and a small, but lavish vacation home overlooking the Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree. He’s attractive, intelligent, and distinguished. Yet an email from Alex, the man who broke his heart amid a torrid love affair fifteen years earlier, sends him into a tailspin.
Unable to ignore his desire to reconnect, he invites Alex to spend a weekend with him at his desert home. While Dean may be emotionally conflicted by the impending reunion, there’s no question about his physical excitement. Just thinking about seeing Alex again fills him with lust. It takes only minutes for the two men to rekindle their physical connection: they’re interlocked in passionate sex almost immediately. Reestablishing their intellectual and emotional connection, however, will take much longer. Over the course of their visit Dean and Alex will unpack the baggage of their time together fifteen years ago, explore the marks that they’ve left on each other, and rediscover themselves in the process.
Lazy Eye provides a thought-provoking look at life on the cusp of its second half, opportunities missed, and refined expectations. Flashbacks to the affair of fifteen years ago help to draw a stark comparison between the carpe diem optimism of youth and the more subdued idealism that comes with years and experience. Ultimately the strength of the film lies in its masterfully written dialogue, delivered with perfection through a pair of stellar acting performances. Passionate, sexy, and introspective, Lazy Eye will invigorate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
— Stephen K. Weisenreder
Official Selection: Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival Official Selection: Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival Official Selection: Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Official Selection: QFEST Houston International LGBTQ Film Festival Official Selection: qFLIX Philadelphia Official Selection: CinemaQ Film Festival Denver